Question:

I have a pronunciation question for you. I did read"Understandingthe Tetragrammaton: How is itPronounced"on La Vista's web site, but it does not answer this question. Whether Aramaic, Hebrew or Greek, the name "Jeshua," is the accent on the first or secondsyllable? In the film "The Passion of the Christ" the accent was on the first syllable like it is in the name Joshua. When I saw the film, it seemed to be correct to say it that way.

Thank you in advance for your answer.


Answer:

The name "Jeshua" appears in 29 times in the Old Testament, most in Ezra and Nehemiah. According to Pronouncing Bible Names by W. Murray Severance, Jeshua is pronounced JESH-yoo-uh.

The name Jeshua does not appear in the New Testament. There are those who imagine that at least parts of the New Testament were written in Aramaic, but the evidence is solid. The entire New Testament was originally written in Greek. For further discussion, see: Which is the better way to pronounce Jesus' name: Yahsua or Yeshua?